Break periods have been removed from the 2020-21 Academic Calendar.  


Hall Breaks

During times of the Academic Year when class is not in session, housing and dining services are limited. This means that most students leave campus and many of the usual student services are not available.

During these times housing is still available for students that qualify.  Each break is different.  The chart below provides a snapshot, and more detail for each break is further down on the page (including how to request a stay).

Dining locations will have limited hours and in some cases may not be open at all.  As these periods are typically not considered part of the Academic Year, your student Meal Plan is not in effect.  Please consult with Dining Services with specific questions, open locations and schedules.

Residential Life reserves the right to deny Break Housing for any reason.

Housing Options during Breaks
Break Housing Qualifications* Dining Housing Cost
October Break
  • A Fall Semester Housing Assignment
Yes none
Thanksgiving Break
  • A Fall Semester Housing Assignment
  • Home address over 500 miles from campus
Limited none
Winter Break 1 (End of Fall – Jan 1)
  • A Fall Semester Housing Assignment
  • Home address outside of the US or in-season Athlete under Athletic staff supervision
Limited $200**
Winter Break 2 (Jan 2 – Start of Spring)
  • A Spring Semester Housing Assignment
  • Home address outside of the US or participant in Wheaton-related program or activity with sponsorship by Wheaton Faculty or Staff
Yes, for approved residents $300**
Spring Break
  • Spring Semester Housing Assignment
Limited none

*Students must be in good social standing with the College to qualify.
**Fee is automatically waived for students participating in Wheaton-related program/activity.  Students with financial need can apply for a waiver through Student Financial Services (details below)

Dining During Breaks

During break periods dining facilities will operate on a special schedule.  Operating times for each location will be emailed to the campus community by Dining Services and can be found on the Dining Services webpage.

Breaks that are classified to have “Limited” service fall outside of the Meal Plan contract.  During these times facilities will have a more limited schedule. Food is available for purchase, but Lyon swipes and Lyons Bucks that are allocated with your Meal Plan cannot be used.  Accepted Forms of Payment:  Cash, Credit and Lyons Bucks that have been purchased and added to your account outside of the meal plan.


A more detailed explanation of hall break policy and qualifications is below.  All Dates subject to change year to year and are dependent on the College calendar.

Please be aware that during breaks some offices and other services will be limited or be closed entirely.  Additionally, during this time general maintenance and other projects that may otherwise adversely impact normal operation could be scheduled.  This includes Residence Halls and may directly impact student rooms.  We will do our best to communicate to those on-campus when such instances will occur.

October Break

October Break is from the Saturday through the Tuesday of Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples Day weekend.

  • Halls do not close, no registration required

Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Break begins the Tuesday night prior to Thanksgiving and re-open the Sunday after.

  • Residents whose permanent address is more than 500 miles away can request approval to remain on campus.
  • Meal plan is not available and most dining locations will be closed.  Dining Services will be offering very limited hours and items must be purchased outside of the meal plan.

To request a stay:

Requests to stay on campus for any portion of this break, including late departure and early arrivals, can be made by a student using an electronic form emailed to the community in early November.

Winter Break 1

Winter Break 1 begins the Saturday night at the end of finals week through January 1st.

  • During the majority of this period the Wheaton campus is closed and no administrative offices are open.
  • Meal plan is not available and most dining locations will be closed.  Dining Services will be offering very limited hours and items must be purchased outside of the meal plan.
  • $200 charge that will be waived for qualified in-season athletes. Other students may apply for a fee waiver with SFS. To apply for a fee waiver, you must be a recipient of substantial financial aid during the academic year. Please email sfs@wheatoncollege.edu with your name, justification for the waiver, and reason for staying on campus during the break.
To Qualify
  • You must be living on campus in the Fall semester
  • Have a home address outside of the United States or be an in-season Athlete who must be on campus for the purposes of practicing or competing and is under Athletic staff supervision
To Request a Stay

The process to request housing will be communicated by Residential Life typically in late November.

The Athletic Department will request on the behalf of in-season athletes. Residents do not need to do anything.

Winter Break 2

Winter Break 2 begins on January 2nd and runs through the opening for the Spring semester.

  • Dining is available for approved residents on a limited basis. Meal plan is not in effect, but food service will be open with limited hours at no additional charge.
  • $300 charged to your student account that will be waived for anyone participating in Wheaton-related activity whose request is made by Wheaton Faculty or Staff. Other students may apply for a fee waiver with SFS. To apply for a fee waiver, you must be a recipient of substantial financial aid during the academic year. Please email sfs@wheatoncollege.edu with your name, justification for the waiver, and reason for staying on campus during the break.

To Qualify:

  • You must be living on campus in the Spring semester
  • Have a home address outside of the United States or if you are participating in a Wheaton-related activities.  For example, working on-campus job, part of an in-season athletic team, participating in a campus program or have an approved internship.

To Request a Stay:

Information about the request process will be emailed to the community at the end of the Fall semester.  Those participating in Wheaton-related activities should have a Wheaton faculty or staff member will request on your behalf to Residential Life (supervisor, coach, advisor, etc.).  The request should include:

  1. Your Name (as it reads in your email address)
  2. Wheaton ID
  3. Building and Room Number you are living in
  4. Requested Arrival Date

Spring Break

Spring Break is typically the second or third week of March.

  • Halls do not close, but students planning to be on campus must register online.  Forms will be made available in the Spring semester at least two weeks prior to the start of break.